Duck Village Outfitters gives customers the means to master both sand and surf with rentals from three locations in the Outer Banks. Its sporty offerings include 12 styles of surfboards for men and women, from short and soft 4-foot boards to 9-foot longboards, as well as kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. The shop can also loan out wetsuits and brightly colored life-jackets to help clients brave the cold surf or turn heads at a black-tie dinner. Alternatively, single-speed and geared rental bikes for both men and women enable speedy exploration of dry land.
Family-owned and operated since 1975, Whalebone Urban Surf Shop pays homage to sand and sun with swimsuits, sandals, and casual daywear from brands such as Billabong, Roxy, RCVA, Hurley, and Volcom. Glittering waves wet Quiksilver board shorts ($59.50) or L Space and Leilani mix-and-match bikinis, available in a rainbow of colors. In addition to beachwear, Whalebone Urban Surf buttons up Quiksilver Girl captain flannel tops ($49.50) that can be paired with Element Magic Sleeve jeans ($69.50). The summery white of O’Neill's frock ($39.50) complements Reef sandals such as the women's Ugandal 2 with thongs decorated in Ugandan paper beads ($42) to fit days that span from shore to sea-turtle-centennial celebration.
Helmed by kiteboarding pioneers Trip Forman and Matt Nuzzo and lauded by Men’s Journal as one of the best sports camps in America, Real Watersports' guides train and outfit extreme water recreationists of all skill levels. Wrangle waves during two-hour lessons in surfing, standup paddleboarding, or kiteboarding, a chimerical extreme water sport that combines a small board with a large, controllable kite to propel riders over the waves and into the air. No matter which method of propulsion you use, Real’s expert guides will teach you how to ride, chop through, or fly over the waves in private terrain set aside for Real by an exclusive permit from the National Parks Service, freeing athletes from the glare of beachcombers or the cat calls of foul-mouthed pelicans.
Glassy waters serve as a tranquil training ground for first-time paddlers, who develop graceful strokes and effective directional paddling during lessons before charting their own marine pathways through the Outer Banks. Lessons start with an overview of terminology and paddleboard anatomy. After successfully locating the epoxy heart and carbon fiber arteries of the board, students take to the beach for practice and an overview of safety protocols, such as what to do if your arm grazes a patch of icky seaweed. Once the 1.5-hour lesson has ended and students feel confident in their abilities, they may paddle their epoxy flotillas through aquatic pastures lined with lush trees for two additional hours. As the shop is located on a calm bay, paddlers need not fret about circumnavigating the ocean’s frothy swells or encountering joust-happy swordfish.
Chow down on ribs, slaw and more at Southland Restaurant, a down-home barbecue joint in Moyock.
Low-fat fare is not available here, so leave some room in your diet.
Bring the whole family to Southland Restaurant, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on Southland Restaurant's patio.
Southland Restaurant is a great location to host a group dinner.
No need to put on airs for a trip to Southland Restaurant — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the visitors at your next shindig.
A nearby parking lot is readily available for Southland Restaurant's diners.
Super-savers will adore the low-prices at Southland Restaurant, too — meals there usually cost less than $15.
At Southland Restaurant, you have the option of paying by major credit card.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Southland Restaurant.